LOGITECH GGPC FEBRUARY WINNER ANNOUNCED!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, check out the latest GGPC Promotions here!

Congratulations to our February Event Winner – Krystal C!

February already and we’ve got MORE Logitech G goodies up for grabs!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for February 2020 is a brilliant gaming setup made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, and up first we’ve got audio covered with the awesome Logitech G432 Gaming Headset!

Featuring DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound, powered by Logitech G HUB software, lets you hear enemies sneaking behind you, special ability cues, and immersive environments-all around you with 3D audio that goes beyond 7.1 channels to make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.

A 6mm microphone makes sure your squad mates can hear you, and with the popular flip-to-mute boom feature it can silence you when you don’t want to be heard.

Everything else about these headphones revolves around player comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears. Pop it onto your head and you’ll be treated to the glorious audio that comes from the big 50mm drivers within.

Our lucky February winner is going need a great mouse too, and we’ve got one that’s all about ensuring your movements translate perfectly into your game, with no acceleration messing with your aim!

The award winning Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology for unrivaled accuracy.

With on-the-fly DPI switching, you have the flexibility to react to the chaos of battle with precision. Snipe a foe across the map (250 DPI) before fleeing in the blink of an eye (4000 DPI). It also boasts eight programmable buttons that can be configured for complex macros or single keystrokes and four DPI settings that can be shifted on the fly.

Certainly a great mouse for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this February. Completing the winners setup is a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard was designed for gaming, featuring ultra-quick, responsive feedback that is up to 4x faster than the 8ms report rate of standard keyboards and an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy features Logitech keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and a quiet sound operation.

What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

GAME ON!

AMD REWARDS – Xbox Game Pass for PC BONUS!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, see the latest AMD Rewards here!

Great news for those gearing up for their next Gaming PC build – AMD has announced an awesome new 3 Month Xbox Game Pass for PC Subscription BONUS offer available on selected AMD Ryzen CPU & Radeon RX Graphics Cards!

That’s right folks, Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC! It all started in August of 2019, when players gained unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play.

Xbox continued to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.

via Microsoft: Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more. And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile. We’re working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to the service and we’ll ensure the library remains curated and full of great PC titles across a variety of genres, with new games added every month. Xbox Game Pass for PC members will also receive discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows of up to 20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons.

This offer is only available on selected AMD products, and only from authorized retailers (PB Tech in NZ)

Eligible models for Radeon RX AMD Rewards:

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
AMD Radeon RX 5700
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

Eligible models for Ryzen AMD Rewards:

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
AMD Ryzen 5 3600
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

GAME ON!

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Available now in NZ!

The latest RX 5600 XT Graphics Card series from AMD has just released – and they’re available now in New Zealand!

UPDATE: New models have been added to the Custom PC Building Tool

This graphics card is likely to become the most popular of the new series, and it has been designed (and priced!) to take on the GTX 1660(S)(Ti) series as the best choice for gamers looking for solid price/performance.

For those looking at building with the new RX 5600 XT options right away, you’ll be happy to know the card design is looking great, with a majority of the aftermarket versions sharing a common layout.

1x 8-Pin Power Connector
3x DisplayPort 1.4 (max res 5120×2880)
1x HDMI (max res 4096×2160)

Majority of the cards fit the 2-slot form factor, but if you’re building really small watch out for the slightly larger 2.3 slot versions such as the Sapphire Pulse or PowerColor Red Devil.

AMD Software has been upgraded a lot recently, in particular, the capture and streaming options with the latest AMD Adrenaline 2020 Software package – which is free 🙂

PowerColor BIOS Updates Note: The Radeon RX 5600 XT delivers the ultimate in high-performance, high-fidelity 1080p gameplay. For gamers that want to get additional performance out of their new graphics card, we are providing a VBIOS update that delivers higher levels of gaming performance for select overclocked SKUs. More than that, RX 5600 XT Red Devil and Red Dragon equip 6GB GDDR6 at 14Gbps memory for the most demanding gamers! 

You can download the Red Dragon/Devil RX 5600 XT BIOS here 🙂

Check the range of AMD RX 5600 XT Graphics Cards at PB Tech today, we’ll continue to test out the new range \o/ very fun times ahead!

AMD Rewards – Monster Hunter Iceborne RX 5500 XT

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, see the latest AMD Rewards here!

Those fine folks at AMD have an excellent game up for grabs for those buying the latest Radeon RX 5500 XT Graphics Cards – Monster Hunter World + Iceborne!

For a limited time (and while code stocks last) you can register to redeem a BONUS AMD Rewards Key with select Radeon RX 5500 XT Graphics Cards or AMD Gaming PC featuring this hardware.

This promotion is valid only on purchases from December 12th 2019 – January 27th 2020 and only from qualifying retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

If you’ve not jumped into Monster Hunter World already, you’re in for a treat – and if you’ve already completed the main storyline, the Iceborne expansion is ready for you to continue onwards!

Guide: Fixing the “This site can’t be reached” error message in Chrome

Today we’re taking a closer look at network connection issues, and some quick fixes that might work for a bunch of error messages that appear only sometimes… making the actual cause often tricky to find.

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NX_DOMAIN

ERR_NAME_RESOLUTION_FAILED

ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED

Generally, the error appears when you first launch your browser, or visit a website you often visit. Pushing CTRL + F5 to force re-cache a few times will often get you past the issues if and when they do appear.

If that’s the case, and you’re able to bypass the error with a few cache clearing key presses, try these options, one by one, in order.

Clear the browser “On Startup” options

Open up chrome and either click the three little dots top right to access the settings menu, or visit chrome://settings/onStartup to jump straight to the menu.

IMPORTANT: Clicking the link above should cause the error we’re trying to fix!

You can cut and paste the link and it will work.

Step #1: Highlight the text by left-clicking and holding the button down, then drag to highlight all the text.

Step #2: Press CTRL + C to cut the text to your clipboard

Step #3: Press CTRL + V to paste into the search bar

Now that we’re in settings, set the menu to “Open the New Tab Page” as shown below, once confirmed that everything is working as it should again you can update to either of the other two options.

OK, now reboot and test your PC to see if the error re-appears, if it does we continue on with the fixes below.

Clearing the browser cache – completely.

Open up chrome and visit chrome://history/ to access the menu below.

Once you’re there, click the “Clear Browsing Data” option and a pop-up box will appear.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to select “Advanced” up top, the time range only needs to back as far as when the error first started appearing, but if unsure “All-Time” is a great safe option. You might need to scroll down to see all options too.

Once everything is selected, click the blue “CLEAR DATA” button on the bottom right.

That generally works for a cache related issue, but if the problem persists we can also try more options below.

Resetting the network adaptor settings and or resetting the network settings using command prompt in windows 10 wise, there is a seriously good guide for both at https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/10741/windows-fix-network-connection-issues which covers everything and the best bit is they got links in the article – so as you’re going through the guide you can click links to open up the settings menu you need, like this one which will open your network settings in windows 10 ms-settings:network-status 🙂

AMD Rewards – Raise the Game with Borderlands 3, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, The Outer Worlds & Xbox Game Pass!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, see the latest AMD Rewards here!

You Choose Games Offer: Now September 30th 2019 – January 27th 2020

Xbox Game Pass Offer: Now July 1st 2019 – March 20th 2020

For a limited time (and while code stocks last) you can register to redeem a BONUS AMD Rewards Key with select AMD Ryzen CPU, Radeon RX Graphics Cards or AMD Gaming PC featuring this hardware.

This promotion is valid only on qualifying AMD purchases from September 30th – December 31st 2019

There are 2 key bundles in the new AMD Rewards promotions, one for RX Graphics Cards and another for Ryzen CPU – but if you’re getting an AMD Gaming PC with both, you’ll be able to get both, making a YOU CHOOSE part a little easier. In addition to these, the Xbox Game Pass for PC offer continues and you’ll also get a 3-month subscription giving access to a massive range of additional games – including the just-released GEARS 5!

RAISE THE GAME WITH AMD RX GRAPHICS CARDS!

Eligible models for Radeon RX AMD Rewards:

AMD Radeon RX 570
AMD Radeon RX 580
AMD Radeon RX 590
AMD Radeon RX 5700
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

AMD REWARDS KEY UNLOCK: You Choose Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Borderlands 3: Firearms with self-propelling bullet shields? Check. Rifles that spawn fire-spewing volcanoes? Obviously. Guns that grow legs and chase down enemies while hurling verbal insults? Yeah, Borderlands 3 has got that too. This latest addition to the Borderlands family is a multiplayer masterpiece packed full of adventures and loads of crazy weapons & powers to decimate your opponents with.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Somewhere in the South Pacific lies the remote Auroa Archipelago, a vast land of diverse biomes that range from lush rainforests to snowy peaks. Now, it’s home to Skell Technology, an enigmatic technology giant. Initially interested in a remote testing site for its autonomous drones, the Silicon Valley company eventually turned Auroa into its “World 2.0,” a high-tech, high-security utopia of sustainable eco-cities and robotics research.

Explore a diverse and mysterious open-world ranging from barren deserts and dramatic fjords to futurist cities and arctic peaks. Featuring 11 unique biomes and home to Skell Technologies this remote Archipelago will challenge the Ghosts like never before. Use the environment to your advantage as you disappear into a jungle canopy to evade your foes or jump into a vehicle and charge into battle by air, land and sea.

A seamless co-op experience means your squadmates can jump in and out at any time!

Awesome games for sure, but it doesn’t stop there – there is even more available on the CPU side – check out the AMD Rewards offers with AMD Ryzen Processors below!

RAISE THE GAME WITH AMD RYZEN CPU!

Eligible models for Ryzen AMD Rewards (YOU CHOOSE)

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

AMD REWARDS KEY UNLOCK: You Choose Borderlands 3 or The Outer Worlds

Eligible models for Ryzen AMD Rewards (GET BOTH)

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

AMD REWARDS KEY UNLOCK: Get BOTH Borderlands 3 & The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds: Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later than you expected only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon.

In addition to all this awesomeness is the excellent Xbox Game Pass 3-month subscription, which gives access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play. Xbox will continue to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.

Right now you can play GEARS 5 with the Game Pass, and it’s amazing!

The Game Pass offer is included with all AMD RX Graphics Cards and Ryzen CPU options listed above – but you can also get it with the Ryzen CPU below!

AMD REWARDS KEY UNLOCK: Xbox Game Pass 3-Month Subscription

Eligible models for Ryzen AMD Rewards (GAME PASS 3 Month)

Ryzen 5 3400G
Ryzen 5 3600
Ryzen 5 2000 series

GAME ON!

GGPC January Winner Announced!

UPDATE: See the latest GGPC Promotions here!

UPDATE: Congratulations to our January Winner Hori A!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for January is a brilliant gaming setup made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, and up first we’ve got audio covered with the awesome Logitech G432 Gaming Headset!

Featuring DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound, powered by Logitech G HUB software, lets you hear enemies sneaking behind you, special ability cues, and immersive environments-all around you with 3D audio that goes beyond 7.1 channels to make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.

A 6mm microphone makes sure your squad mates can hear you, and with the popular flip-to-mute boom feature it can silence you when you don’t want to be heard.

Everything else about these headphones revolves around player comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears. Pop it onto your head and you’ll be treated to the glorious audio that comes from the big 50mm drivers within.

Our lucky January winner is going need a great mouse too, and we’ve got one that’s all about ensuring your movements translate perfectly into your game, with no acceleration messing with your aim!

The award winning Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology for unrivaled accuracy.

With on-the-fly DPI switching, you have the flexibility to react to the chaos of battle with precision. Snipe a foe across the map (250 DPI) before fleeing in the blink of an eye (4000 DPI). It also boasts eight programmable buttons that can be configured for complex macros or single keystrokes and four DPI settings that can be shifted on the fly.

Certainly a great mouse for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this January. Completing the winners setup is a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard was designed for gaming, featuring ultra-quick, responsive feedback that is up to 4x faster than the 8ms report rate of standard keyboards and an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy features Logitech keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and a quiet sound operation.

What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

GAME ON!

INTEL MASTER KEY – NEED FOR SPEED HEAT with i7 & i9

Intel kick off ANOTHER awesome Intel Master Key with bonus games up for grabs! 

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem a BONUS Intel Master Key Code with select Intel 8th or 9th Gen, i7 or i9, ‘K’, ‘KF’ or ‘KS’ series Desktop CPU, or custom PC featuring this hardware.

Promotion is valid on qualifying purchases from December 11th 2019 – April 15th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Now onto the good stuff!

This INTEL MASTER KEY code unlocks a range of awesome games, DLC and handy software.

Full Downloads: Need for Speed HEAT, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, ArcheAge: Unchained, Subnautica, Street Fighter 5, Total War: Three Kingdoms

Subscription/Credit: Origin Access Basic, Gamer Sensei, Dashlane Password Manager (limited time offers)

PLEASE NOTE:  The Steam activation for Total War: Three Kingdoms game code is currently experiencing region-lock issues, if you experience this issue please log a Support Claim with the Intel Master Key Team – they will issue you a new code 🙂

Check out all the awesome new Intel Gaming PC at PB Tech today!